Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Provo mom whose child was looking for food in trash bin misses court date
Courts » Judge issues $5,000 arrest warrant for 22-year-old Stephania Chavez.
First Published Aug 22 2013 02:25 pm • Last Updated Aug 22 2013 05:35 pm

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for a Provo mother whose unsupervised toddler was found last year looking for food inside a large metal trash bin.

The $5,000 warrant was issued for 22-year-old Stephania Chavez after she failed to appear for a preliminary hearing in 4th District Court.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Chavez was charged with two class A misdemeanor counts of child abuse involving physical injury after her 3-year-old daughter was found inside the trash container. The girl’s 2-year-old brother was on the ground next to the container.

The children were discovered by Nicole Elton, a neighbor of the mother, as she arrived at the Boulders Apartments Complex, 750 S. 650 West, on the morning of Sept. 25, 2012.

The girl said she was in the dumpster looking for food for the family, according to Elton. She pulled the toddler from the bin and since the girl was clad only in pants and the boy only a diaper, Elton clothed them and took them to the apartment complex office since their mother wouldn’t answer her door.

Provo police were called but could not contact the mother either by knocking on her apartment door or calling her cellphone, said Sgt. Brandon Post.

They also tried to find the father, but discovered he was in the Utah County Jail, Post said.

Police then learned Chavez had two other children, both 8-month-old infants, inside her apartment.

After obtaining a key from apartment management, officers found a very unkempt apartment littered with dirty diapers and empty beer cans, Post said.

The Division of Child and Family Services responded and took custody of all four children.


story continues below
story continues below

Chavez was later booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of child abuse and/or neglect. She was formally charged by prosecutors on Oct. 3.

shunt@sltrib.com



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.